Palestinians slam USA announcement to hold conference on Gaza crisis

Palestinians slam USA announcement to hold conference on Gaza crisis

Palestinians slam USA announcement to hold conference on Gaza crisis

Seven people were injured in the vehicle bomb attack, which blew up three cars and was complemented by gunmen who opened fire on the convoy.

A separate security source in Gaza said the convoy was also fired on by unknown gunmen at the time of the explosion.

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah was unharmed Tuesday but his Palestinian Authority quickly accused Gaza militants of trying to kill him.

The explosion occurred near the spot where a US diplomatic convoy was blown up by a remote-controlled bomb in 2003 shortly after it entered the Gaza Strip. One had signs of blood on the door.

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The blast occurred shortly after the convoy entered Gaza, but no injuries were reported, said the sources.

A statement on official Palestinian media said president Mahmoud Abbas considered it a "cowardly targeting" of Hamdallah's convoy and held Hamas responsible.

Hamdallah was reportedly visiting Gaza, along with Palestinian intelligence chief Majid Faraj, to open a water treatment plant that the Palestinian Authority helped finance.

The White House is due to hold a conference on the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza on Tuesday, but it is unclear whether any Palestinian officials will break their boycott of United States officials to attend.

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Hamas' takeover of Gaza from the Palestinian Authority in 2007 and the ensuing Israeli-Egyptian blockade, power shortages and conflicts delayed the opening of the project for four years. The White House is hosting a gathering of global representatives Tuesday to discuss economic development and the dire humanitarian situation, which White House envoy Jason Greenblatt has blamed on Hamas' control.

Hamas has ruled Gaza since it ousted the Fatah-led PA in 2007.

Hamdallah's government is recognised by the worldwide community, while Hamas is blacklisted as a terrorist organisation by the European Union and the United States.

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